Steve Hughes has two selections for a much busier Wednesday
Plenty of racing on Wednesday as the weather relents. The Kentucky Derby Trial race has been rearranged from last week to today and I’m sticking with my original selection for the race. I also have a best bet over jumps at Fontwell.
Fontwell 4.10: Sandy Beach
Things have not gone according to plan so far for Sandy Beach but he has become dangerously well handicapped and with conditions expected to be in his favour I like his chances for this modest contest.
I think he is best at around 2m4f – the distance over which he produced a career best effort to spreadeagle a solid field at Newbury in the autumn of 2016 – winning by 8l off 127. Since then he has only raced over 2m or 3m, lacking the pace for the shorter trip, but seemingly vulnerable stamina wise at 3m.
However he has dropped to a rating of 119 now and with the Colin Tizzard yard back in sparkling form, Sandy Beach looks capable of recapturing his form in this lower grade that he is used to.
Kempton 7.10: Three Weeks
Having fancied him to land this race last week, before the snow hit, I am keeping the faith with Three Weeks who if all goes well here is set for a crack at the Kentucky Derby itself.
Very much bred for an artificial surface, we did not see him in action until the All Weather campaign got going in November. Despite finishing only eighth, I thought he was a real eyecatcher over 7f here on debut.
Since then he has won two novice races at this mile distance at Newcastle and Lingfield and whilst the form of those two races is probably not worth a great deal, this scopey individual promises to deliver much more at this higher level. Ryan Moore is booked for this second attempt in this £50k contest.
1pt win – Sandy Beach – 4.10 Fontwell – 9/2 Bet365
1pt win – Three Weeks – 7.10 Kempton – 4/1 Paddy Power